Knitted-On Edging Step by Step Tutorial


This week I'm sharing a tutorial for working a knitted-on edging. This is a versatile edging that can be super simple (as shown here and as used in my free Stash-Berry Pi Shawl) or you can add lace & cables & make it as complicated as you like. The rows for this edging are worked perpendicular to the stitches that you've worked in the rest of your project so it's a great way to finish off a shawl, the bottom of a sweater, or even the brim of a crown-down hat.

I've used a contrasting colored yarn for this tutorial just to make it easier to see what's going on, but you can use the same color yarn from the body of your project if you prefer. Also, to keep things super simple, I'm just working my edging over 4 stitches. You can work this kind of edging over as many or as few stitches as you like though.

Have fun & happy knitting!

Shaina ^_^

PS: The yarn featured in this tutorial is Chroma Twist Fingering from Knit Picks.

Step by Step Knitted On Edging Knitting Tutorial Materials


  • A knitting project or swatch with stitches live on the needles

  • Knitting needles appropriate for your yarn

  • Yarn for edging (same yarn used in project is ok)


This edging is worked perpendicular to the knitted fabric. To start we need to cast-on some stitches.

Step 1:

Knit the first stitch but do not remove the stitch from your left needle.

Step 2:

Insert the left needle into the new stitch so you are ready to knit another stitch from it.

Step 3:

Knit a new stitch into the first stitch you made.

Step 4:

Repeat steps 1-3 until you have 4 stitches on your left needle. (Or until you have the amount of stitches called for in your pattern.

Step 5:

We're going to start working on the edging now. Knit 3 stitches.

Step 6:

Work a knit 2 together (k2tog) using one of your new edging stitches and one of your original project stitches.

Step 7:

Keeping the yarn to the wrong side of your work, turn work & slip the first stitch from the left to the right needle as if to purl.

Step 8:

Bring the yarn between the needles so that it's on the right side of your work.

Step 9:

Knit 3 stitches.

Step 10:

Turn work & repeat Steps 5-9 until all live project stitches have been worked.

Bind off all stitches on the final wrong side row. If your project requires it, you can now seam the cast on and bind off edges.

That's it!

You can now work a knitted-on edging!

You can find all of my helpful tutorials under the "Learn" tab at the top of the page (or just click any image in this tutorial to go to the full list).

Try It Out!

It's best to put a new technique into practice right away so that you can remember it in the future. Here are some of my patterns that are perfect for practicing this technique.

Stash-Berry Pi Shawl


Kindly Hosts Shawl

$5.00 USD

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